New Extreme Mentor Artists (represented left to right above) will explore a range of artistic practices and ideas with groups of youth at schools (and organizations) across Victoria.
Andréa Searle is a queer Afro-latinx/Ojibwe artist working and residing on unceded WSÁNEĆ territory. They are a practicing tattoo artist in Victoria, and they currently strive to provide a safe space for the LGBTQ+ and POC communities to adorn their bodies in this city. Andréa brings a fresh new outlook to tattooing, drawing inspiration from Michoacana folk art, Catholic iconography and the Dada art movement. Outside of tattooing Andréa creates mixed media pieces that explore latency between the body and soul, Dominican Santeria, and the deification of POC bodies to bring light to a world that continues to depict them in darkness.
Born in Secwépemc territory and raised between Bassa territory in suburban Liberia and Coast Salish territory in Southern British Columbia, Joshua Ngenda is a self-taught artist of Kissi, Kpelle, and mixed settler-European ancestry. Practicing mainly in analogue photography, his work blends street, portrait, and experimental forms. He currently calls home the unceded territories of the WSÁNEĆ and the Lekwungen speaking peoples of southern Vancouver Island.
Chris Dufour (they/them) is an artist living and working on the unceded and occupied lands of the Lekwungen speaking peoples, specifically the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. Chris grew up on Mi’kmaqi (Nova Scotia) and has attended Dalhousie University and the Yukon School of Visual Arts. Their work is grounded in human relationship to land, use of space and time, and gender and masculinity. Working in multiple mediums, Chris explores the intersections of queerness and place. Chris is found riding their bicycle through the city and forests, finding everyday uses for glitter, gardening, and thinking amongst an exorbitant amount of house plants.
Image credits (left to right): Andréa Searle. Photo by Duncan Johnson (@yesimduncan), Joshua Ngenda. Photo credit Joy Ngenda, Chris Dufour, courtesy of the artist.